Kevin Anderson, South Africa’s one of the best tennis players all-time, makes his country proud so far. Anderson now leads the players at the ATP council as well. However, former world number five revealed he was inspired by 20 times Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal.
While the 34-year-old has enough record on his name, he has seriously affected by injuries throughout his career. Anderson reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 US Open, where Rafael Nadal defeated him in the straight sets. Followed by, South African made his second major final at 2018 Wimbledon, and he lost to Novak Djokovic without claiming a single set.
To date, Kevin won six titles in singles and one title in the doubles event. He also became the first South African to listed top five in the ATP ranking table since Kevin Curren, 1985.
“Remarkable Player And Person”: Kevin Anderson
Rafael Nadal is a source of inspiration for tens and thousands of people all across the world. At the same time, the 34-years-old Spaniard does not miss his fellow players to inspire them on the court as well.
In a recent podcast with Match Point Canada, World No.79 Kevin Anderson had all appreciation for the former world number one Rafael Nadal.
Speaking about Spaniard’s impact on his career, Kevin Anderson expressed, “Rafael Nadal is someone who motivated to keep working hard. He was incredibly successful at 16/17, and I turned pro a few years later. It was an incredible moment in my career because I went from spectator to competitor on the court.”
South African continued, “He’s a remarkable player and person, and not just for my generation. It goes beyond that. Without him and what he inspired me, my career would not have had the same turn.”
Even though Nadal and Anderson met five times in the ATP tours, Rafa leads Kevin 5-0 in the head to head record.